April 21, 2014 Subject:
It means a short, jovial trip.
There are a few factors to consider into this show, as it stands here on the Archive.
A) The sound is FANTASTIC. These Jauntee matrixes are some of the sickest-sounding shows I listen to; the balance is perfect. Its an SBD that makes you feel like you're there in the room. Amazing.
B) The playing is really unique. This is an interesting show; its not packed with raging hose jams. Rather, the band explores the chiller side of things.
What is very interesting to hear is them still take the music outside and get very weird in places. "Fame" is a great example of this; typically, the tension-building of a hose jam is responsible for crashing the music into all sorts of obstacles and building weirdness and tempo/groove shifts in the middle of a jam.
Here, we see the Jauntee accomplishing this in a quieter, more low-key manner. Its very unique, and interesting to hear. Its like a gently rolling psychedelic wave that is crashing in slow motion all over the place.
Highlights for me include the ecstatic "Pungee" and the "Whiskey" which feels like its just got some extra mustard. The playing in the jam is great, very creative and going in the right places to build the drama.
We also see some new material, in "Good Ole Boy" (debut!), "Know It All," and "Tip of Your Tongue", which is still in its infancy. "Tip of Your Tongue" finally feels like its gelling, and is a great, great version. The previous performances always felt unsure to me, as if the band didn't quite know how to attack this weird, strange monster.
One thing I'm noticing in this show is what I'm interpreting as an attempt to place greater focus on the vocals and the harmonies of their singing. "My Freedom" benefits greatly from Scott's background harmony, and "Wake and Jake" is especially rich with vocal substance.
All in all, a very, very good show. Its just solid, and satisfying. There is no single massive standout jam that instantly screams and grabs your attention for the highlight reel; rather, the whole show is just great.